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|1 hour 50 min ago||Several thoughts on that||
First, I think there are more than two ways to teach. There are many techniques in a good teacher's arsenal. Though I echo the concern about lacking hands-on experience with regards to our receivers.
That said, I think the lack of QB experience is only part of the problem with Borges. Even if he was an NFL QB, his problem was that he wasn't concerned with getting the players to know what they're doing as much as do what they're told. Experience isn't necessarily a cure for that. It's a widespread problem in teaching today. There are legitimate uses for rote memorization, but it's not sustainable for topics with any depth. With enough repetition, you can teach a piano piece to someone with no musical background whatsoever in a few weeks. It takes YEARS to build up a musical background. Clearly, memorization is more efficient, right? But now say the piece has to change keys (it's rare, but it happens). The memorizer has to learn the piece all over again -- it's all notes, and now the guy has to learn a whole new set of notes. Absolutely nothing carries over. The musician, having mastered transposing, just makes an ad hoc adjustment. Understanding the content vs. understanding the concept. Pritchard and Bradford demonstrated a musician's understanding of the game.
Finally, don't sell yourself short. To me, one of the biggest obstacles to teaching is arrogance. Teachers get the impression they're supposed to know better. I think teaching is really about engagement, and instilling the student with the ability to gather information, experiment objectively, to self-correct. Every student gets taken under the wing of a teacher with one thing certain: they won't be a student for very long. No course is nearly long enough to get everything in, even if students weren't a bunch of distracted yutes. So to me, what's important is not how much material you pack into their heads, but whether or not they develop their capacity to fill it by themselves. So heck, if they're helping each other, that's the best result a teacher can hope for.
|1 hour 52 min ago||"You can defeat the soul of||
"You can defeat the soul of someone who has the will to win. You have to kill the person who does not want to lose."
I agree in principle, but I think you missed the point I was trying to make. I agree that some dogs just can't be kept down, but I disagree that it persists in all possible contexts, particularly Michigan. You CAN defeat the soul of someone who "does not want to lose". How? You emasculate the poor bastard. Take away the reasons for self-motivation and replace them with unproductive control. Yes, I know that's what you want to do, but we're going to make you do this instead. (Hey, feels like some jobs I've been. . .)
This decouples what they're doing from what they want. They want to win (or not lose, whatever), but they're told to do something else instead. They're not going to do that something else with anywhere near as much gusto. That's how a team full of desire and strength winds up going through the motions. It's not that they're lazy, or lacking desire, or need some supernatural will to overcome. It's that they know what they're doing isn't going to get them what they want. 100% effort for 0 result isn't an impressive show of willpower; it's stupidity. These players are not stupid.
That goes both ways, in fact. I think employers, teachers and coaches all want that employee/student/player who gives 100% in all situations, but if you dig, the real reason isn't because they represent something worthy of such effort so much as engaging them is just too much of a bother. They want unquestioning obedience because it makes their lives easy. Getting everyone moving in the same direction is monumentally tougher, but when it happens, even the not-so-special guys might surprise you.
Bear in mind Michigan 2015 saw only a handful of transfers, and some of those were related to injury (Pipkins) or scheme (Countess, maybe Norfleet). I count only 3 or 4 guys who arguably couldn't deal with how hard Harbaugh was working them. The team that complained about practices running long last year, and the team that's used to 4-hour practices now? It's the same guys.
|22 hours 30 min ago||I agree on talent -- get it||
I agree on talent -- get it if you can -- but to me, will & desire are hardly worth mentioning except as exceptions where they're lacking. I think the FBS level has a high floor of desire to win that's really just a matter of channeling that energy productively. Nobody's scared of anybody at that level. One of the factors that did in USC that day was their stubborn insistence on imposing their will upon an underdog that wouldn't back down.
Anyway, we got the talent, and the desire was there all along. The Devin Funchess that refused to block was the same guy that played with a bad leg. I don't think anyone was inherently lacking toughness or desire, so when I read "well bye" posts on MGoBlog I seethe. Rather, I think the players were smart enough to know when they were being asked to head-butt their way through a brick wall. Again, they're not chess pieces.
I speculate that what they lacked was trust. There was personal regard for one another, but not a whole lot of confidence. The coaches didn't trust the players, the players didn't trust the plays, the QB didn't trust the O-line, the receivers didn't trust the QB, the RBs didn't trust what they saw, the defense didn't trust the offense. . . and I think that happens when everyone does what they're told, don't get the results that are promised, and aren't given the chance or means to learn why it didn't work.
|23 hours 15 min ago||Big big big caveat||
. . . in that I agree that Nuss wasn't here long enough. But my impression based on what I've seen of (heavily edited) practice footage, and the 2014 offense, is that he's a "figure it out" guy. He wanted people to make decisions on the field. Unfortunately by that point Gardner all but had his thinking parts coached out of him, so he made a lot of bad decisions. But you know what? I liked that he was at least making decisions. I personally think it's more fun to own a game and lose than win because someone dictated your every move.
|1 day 20 hours ago||They'll be dangerous right away||
I don't think there's a team on the schedule that can afford to overlook Michigan or Harbaugh will make them pay.
But in terms of what will do Michigan in, I'm not quite sure what to expect. The coaches said they're trying not to overwhelm the players, so it's not like they'll have their own 300-play playbook to start the season. But simplicity means predictability, so it'll be tough to balance growth with consistency.
So all bets are off, but I'd guess what we'll see in this team is growing pains. Some days it'll look like they're executing but there aren't enough weapons. Other days they'll botch the play. Overall, the team just won't be able to do it all right away.
The one thing I expect WON'T happen is for Michigan State to just march into Ann Arbor and punch this team in the mouth. Goddamn I'm so sick of seeing that. They're still the heavy favorite, but this is what Harbaugh does to teams that overlook his players:
|1 day 22 hours ago||Here's the thing||
I'm sure someone' here is going to take this the wrong way, but they may not be improved from last year. Not for any reason other than the coaches are flipping the whole team upside down and rattling them like a bag of shake n' bake. Baxter in particular is on record saying he's completely breaking down ST and re-building from the ground up. Which, mind you, is a VERY BADLY NEEDED overhaul, but FFS he didn't even let the kickers kick field goals during spring practice. Drevno is probably ditching IZ and converting to a gap-blocking scheme which throws the OL back a couple years. We're doubling down on press coverage but with Peppers' move to FS (which is -- to reiterate -- a great move) there's like one proven guy on the roster who can execute that (though I'm hoping Watson gives us two). We're recruiting CBs like crazy but they won't be available this season.
The pattern I'm emphasizing here is that I'm ecstatic about all the changes the coaches are making, even as I'm aware most of them will set the team back until it adjusts. I think this team will be more fun to watch than last season's. That said, I expect it to start out raw.
I mean, if they win 10+ games I'll be right there with everyone dancing in the street (or more likely posting here with a silly grin on my face), but my excitement for this team isn't in the results but the changes. I'm willing to put up with some ARGH ARGH moments in September, but at least they'll be playing to win instead of looking like they're trying.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Eh||
I don't think it's going to be "brutal" in any way that'll get dudebros salivating. It's football, not SEAL training, and while Harbaugh is crazy, I don't think he's a sadist.
What I expect to see is expectation. One thing I thought Hoke was particularly wishy-washy about was what he expected from the players. At times he talked about toughness but then he treats QB more like a rite of passage than a competition.
Here's the thing -- Harbaugh wants to know who wants to play footbaww. He doesn't need to crack the whip to find that out. He just needs to make it clear that the players' effort will decide who plays, and from there it'll be clear enough who really wants to be out there. How? Well, for starters, he added like a half a dozen QBs to the roster. Harbaugh doesn't need to lift a finger to get Shane Morris to try. Starting this week, that's what Jake Rudock will be doing.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Yep||
Class of '99 here, and one of the years I was in MMB the "roster" was 420.
235 march in pre-game; they add a few extra ranks (8/rank, rather similar to an Army squad) for halftime, but I was never sure of the exact numbers. I always assumed that depended on the show.
|5 days 2 hours ago||Most likely||
I think you have to be high to eat Beggin' Strips.
|5 days 2 hours ago||No joke||
American drivers are bad. The bar for getting a license is ridiculously low.
I drove for a year in Japan and (as I learned to drive in the U.S.) the first few weeks were terrifying. Everything's closer together, sight lines are short, you can't break your concentration for half a second. I come back to the states and I'm bored while everyone around me is terrified. What, I'm giving you a whopping foot of space; that's not enough? Why the hell do you need nothing within 15' of you? In some parts of Japan the STREETS are 15'!
|5 days 12 hours ago||At the same time||
When it comes to black suspects, there's a whole lot of "I can't trust what cops say" in the news lately.
|5 days 19 hours ago||Or||
|5 days 22 hours ago||Well, that was a depressingly||
Well, that was a depressingly predictable response.
I thought I made it quite clear why it happened. It was a cultural adjustment. Again, it wasn't a problem when I lived overseas. People in most countries generally don't bubble-wrap their kids to the extent we do.
|6 days 20 min ago||Can we draw a line here?||
"It's just insane that grown men contact these KIDS! "
Um. . . OK?
What's wrong with this whole thing isn't that grown-ups are contacting kids. It's that the wrong grown-ups are contacting kids for the wrong reasons. If your only business with a kid is to see him wearing your school colors, STFU and GTFO. It's every bit as creepy to me if someone stalks Tom Brady to get him to play for the Jets or whatever (and not just because it's the Jets), but even though the motivations are EXACTLY the same, that's just dismissed as rabid fandom. To me, the issue here isn't age but psychopathic fandom. These people have lives; mind your own goddamn business.
Adults not talking to kids only exists in America because everyone's convinced a grown-up who even gives a kid the time of day outside a classroom is a pedophile. Kids need grown-ups. They're inexperienced, they're vulnerable, they have a lot to learn, and WANT to learn. In fact it's almost heart-breaking when I saw how lost some of them were.
I used to be fearless about age; I'd just as happily converse with someone who's 80 as 8. People were people. But I eventually stopped talking to anyone who didn't look at least in their mid-20s and it was only because I had to start protecting myself. I never once had this problem when I lived overseas. Here, now it's just the creeps who do the talking, because everyone else got tired of being treated like one.
Even if the off-the-charts phobia wasn't an issue, I still don't follow recruits not because they're in high school, but because they're people. Basic respect for others, FFS. Until they're on the roster I have absolutely no business knowing what they do, let alone tell them.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Oh, no problemo||
I reserve all my tweeting, saying stupid things and stalking for MGoBlog contributors anyway.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Is this necessary?||
We still have a number of things to fix, but once that's done, let's do away with this "if it ain't broke, fuck with it" mindset.
Inactivity is a bad thing during a crisis, but neither do you want change for change's sake. You know how to tell when an organization is running smoothly? When the guy at the top legitimately doesn't have much to do. I think Hackett will get us there quickly, at which point I hope he has the smarts to take his foot off the throttle.
|1 week 11 hours ago||We're paying the USMA $1.5 million?||
Michigan is no slouch when it comes to revenue and I get that this is only fair, but paying Army feels weird. Yes, I know federal budgeting isn't straightforward and this isn't to bury this thread in civics, but c'mon. . . their school gets money from the Department of the Treasury. Feels like throwing a Zippo into the Sun.
|1 week 21 hours ago||To reiterate what I said in the last Draftageddon update||
To add a positive note to all the OSU picks, fantasy drafts favor predictability. And yes, OSU's coming off a championship season and UM's coming off a down year. But this is also a Harbaugh Effect. Harbaugh is known to play Mad Scientist with his roster and this is his first year. We don't know who's going to be the RB, the leading receiver just might be Peppers and dammit that guy will put the punter on the D-line if he thinks it'll get him some sacks.
For the team's prospects that's great, and it makes me excited for the upcoming season, but it makes the current roster a toxic radioactive minefield for fantasy drafts.
|1 week 1 day ago||How does the WWE brand value||
How does the WWE brand value lower in value? It's always been a caveat emptor thing.
|1 week 1 day ago||Was Lewan that much of a donkey-hater?||
When I think "donkey hater" I imagine Jake Long or Walter Jones. Lewan was the archetype NFL left tackle, excellent in pass pro and solid in run, PWNs lesser guys and battles #1 pick WDEs to stalemate (when he's actually called upon to block them). But IIRC, it wasn't like he was a train plow out there.
I bring up the distinction because whether or not we send runs to the left side will depend on how well our left tackles run block. I know that's bloody obvious, but the thing about left* side runs are:
1) Harbaugh loves 'em (Stanford often ran to the left) and
2) You either got guys you can count on to do it, or you don't.
*With Harbaugh, "left" and "weakside" aren't always or even often the same thing. If he puts two TEs on the left side, it ain't "weakside" anymore.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah||
Article was great for casuals, served to remind me that I gotta cool down.
I'm geeked for this season, even as I expect the team will struggle. The program isn't change schemes so much as philosophies, and in a way that's actually much bigger. But enduring the growing pains will be worth it just to see the team move differently. Over the past several years I've gotten tired of watching so many plays where they left yards on the field.
|1 week 1 day ago||I hope so||
Are you serious because this would be awesome.
You'd need to ensure a 0% false positive rate, but I think outside the OT threads that wouldn't be nearly as difficult as most forums because the scope is so narrow.
|1 week 5 days ago||So I figured||
Greetings, oh Crazy One. May your hats ever bountifully release mercury fumes.
I've heard "D&D for Sports Nerds" from actual gamers as a sort of nerd revenge, but I think it sells D&D short. If you're playing D&D just to mash stats, you're basically playing a fantasy video game without the help of a CPU. I steer those kids toward Diablo.
That's one thing I don't get about fantasy football, though. Unless you're gambling or something, it strikes me as a more restrictive and more cumbersome version of a video game.
|1 week 5 days ago||See my post above||
At Stanford, Harbaugh's best CB was a converted WR and his MLB was a fullback.
With few exceptions you'd have to be crazy to draft Michigan when the roster's just been taken over by that mad scientist.
|1 week 5 days ago||Keep in mind||
Not sure if you're just being snarky, but if you need some cheering up. . .
Fantasy drafts are the polar opposite of NFL drafts. NFL drafts are more like selective lotteries where once you're past the "sure things" -- the few and often no guys with unquestioned talent, smarts AND elite work ethic -- many of the first-round picks are dreams of highly unlikely stardom hedged by free agent signings. That's why there are so many first-round busts and undrafted starters.
There's no depth to a fantasy draft, so everyone's avoiding risks. The thing about Michigan is that for all the Harbaugh uber alles said with sincerity here, the ENTIRE TEAM is one huge question mark right down to who's playing where. It's very likely as teams OSU will do worse and Michigan will improve, but with the mad scientist running things you could draft Darboh at WR only to find Harbaugh made him the punter. OK I'm exaggerating. Slightly. You get the point. Right now, drafting Michigan is a minefield.
Long story short, this has nothing to do with hope or despair, allegiance or betrayal. July is frankly a very crazy time to do a college Draftageddon, but I think that's a feature here, not a bug. Analytically, it's at best a measure of player volatility, and right now by a HUGE margin no roster more volatile than Michigan's. (But then, that #1 pick. . .)
|1 week 6 days ago||Agree||
I don't see any sharks built like they can handle outside tackle.
They don't drive well, but I like their lateral movement, so I'd put them on the left side of the line. In an unbalanced line they'd be good as a third guard in the middle, so put them in the OMG position on the LOL.
But if you ask me, I think they make better BBQ.
|1 week 6 days ago||No doubt||
I'm in the wrong line of work. How do I get into consulting? I want to be paid a ton of money to be lazy & dumb.
Difficulty: Living with myself after getting on DB's good side
|1 week 6 days ago||Shhh||
Only dreams now.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||For O-line?||
Hells yeah. Not everyone needs to be a star. If this guy is consistently in the right place at the right times and gets in the way of his man, that's one less OL to worry about. This is the encouraging bit:
"He can think on his feet, with the defense a moving object that he reacts to quickly."
It's easy to say in hindsight that a guy should've been a few inches farther this way and his head pointed that way and his feet here and on and on, but that's damn hard to do when everything's blowing up everywhere. The way I see it, you drill the fundamentals, rep the plays, and teach the concepts. That last part is all brain. You don't drill, drill, drill because then once the defense does something you don't expect, you're dead.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||advice on Michigan items||
I hear he's an experienced babysitter.